When you see recipes and photos for (vegan) BBQ, are you bummed out that you donâ€™t have a grill? To be honest, Iâ€™ve had various grills over the years, but Iâ€™m just too lazy to use them. Even an electric grill is too much godforsaken work to clean up afterwards. No worries â€” BBQ tofu is an easy hack to do right on the stovetop.
So these grills have gotten stashed and forgotten, or simply died from neglect. But still â€” thereâ€™s that delicious barbecue flavor. What to do? Fortunately, a bottle of good barbecue sauce does the trick, applied to a welcoming surface with heat on the stovetop or in the oven.
For the slightly less lazy, consider our Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce. OK, youâ€™ve gotta get the individual ingredients, but once theyâ€™re all on hand, it takes minutes to make and rivals any prepared sauce.
If youâ€™re going to be the lone vegan at a barbecue, and/or want to share an animal-free way to enjoy BBQ flavors with your skeptical friend and family, try this. Itâ€™s a shortcut to a barbecue-style meal perfect to enjoy outdoors. Thanks to Simple Girl for their tasty Carolina Style BBQ Sauce that we used in this recipe.
Time to table:Â 30 minutes or less
Serves: 2 to 3
What you need
- 2 pounds small sweet potatoes
- 14- to 16-ounce tub extra-firm tofu
- Your favorite natural barbecue sauce or Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce
- 16-ounce bag coleslaw
- Vegan mayo or your favorite dressing
You probably already have on hand
- Olive or other vegetable oil
What to do
1Â Microwave the sweet potatoes (allow 1 medium or 2 minis per person). Start with 2 minutes per potato then test with a fork; add another minute per potato if more time is needed until easily pierced.
2Â Cut the tofu into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Blot well between clean tea-towels or several layers of paper towel, and cut into 1/2-inch dice.
3Â Heat a small amount of oil in a medium skillet. When hot, add the tofu dice and cook over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, until starting to turn golden on most sides.
4Â Add about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce and stir quickly to coat the tofu. Keep cooking on medium-high heat until the BBQ sauce is absorbed (over the pan if itâ€™s splattering) and the tofu is starting to get nice charred spots here and there. Stir every so often; this will only take a few minutes.
5 Â While the sweet potatoes are in the microwave and the tofu is cooking, combine as much coleslaw as youâ€™d like in a bowl add vegan mayo to make it nice and creamy.
6 When the tofu and sweet potatoes are ready, serve plated together with the coleslaw. Split the sweet potatoes (serve with a drizzle of olive oil or vegan butter if you’d like). To take the faux-BBQ theme to the max, thread the tofu onto skewers as shown in the photos.
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